The primary objective of the tool control program is to improve flight safety by eliminating aircraft accidents, incidents, and associated equipment damage caused by lost or misplaced tools. Secondary objectives include the reduction of expenditures for additional out fitting and replacement of missing, defective, or pilfered tools; the reduction of man hours for maintenance task completion; and a general improvement in the quality of aviation maintenance.
ATAF is all tools accounted for. During a job an ataf should be had at all times but how many times are you supposed to ataf your tools. An ataf is performed before the cdi checks your box to be checked out, it is then checked by the cdi so they can check the box out to you to use, before you go out and do your job on the flightline in the hangar etc, when you get out to your job another ataf shal be performed and you yet again make sure you have all of your tools, any work stoppage ie you need to get some rags alcohol smoke break use the head calls for ataf so you dont leave any tools laying about, right when your job is complete you ataf your area make sure u have all your tools and proceed inside, the last ataf is performed right before you turn it in in the shop where you make sure you have all your tools before you hand in your box and sign off your maf.
Tool is defined as a generalized term referring to loose and hand tools, portable power tools and special purpose tools. No where in that definition is a tool accounted for itself or put its self away. A lost tool is a disaster waiting to happenen for anyone.
At minimum tool control is a easy and quick way to determine that all tools are accounted for. This can only be done if each tool has a specific place...